Razorbacks Ready To Reap Recruiting Rewards

Arkansas will finish up its regular season this Friday at Missouri and then hit the recruiting trail to try and keep the momentum going it has so far in its 2015 recruiting class - which is currently ranked 16th in the country according to Scout.com.

Regardless of what happens on the football field for Arkansas (6-5, 2-5) on Friday at Missouri (9-2. 5-2), the Razorback staff will storm out on the recruiting trail soon afterwards.

Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema and his assistants will be looking to build on what is currently an 18-pledge 2015 recruiting class that is ranked 16th nationally.

Bielema was quick to credit Director of Recruiting E.K. Franks and Assistant Director of Recruiting and Director of Personnel Daniel Bush for their role in the class.

“I think our coaches are doing a lot of good things on the field,” Bielema said. “E.K. Franks, Daniel Bush, a guy I hired from Alabama - E.K. came from the coaching ranks – have just been off the charts.

“We’ve done so many things differently this year, connecting with social media to the detail of kids on their official visits to who’s their favorite artist, what’s their favorite food,” Bielema added. “There’s so many things you can get creative with.

“And when kids are here on officials visits the element we can’t put in front of them right now is an SEC championship trophy,” Bielema continued. “There’s four of them in the lobby, but they’ve all been runner ups.

“We can’t talk about that, but what we can talk about is, here is the church, here is the steeple, open the doors and here’s all the people,” Bielema continued. “The people make a difference, you know?”

Bielema also talked about how he wants to make sure he makes a difference in a recruit’s life when he gets a chance regardless of whether he ends up a Razorback.

“If I get a young man in my office and he’s going to be with me for 30 minutes and he’s got another 30 minutes with a head coach I want him to be aware that the 30 minutes he just spent with me he’s going to carry forward forever,” Bielema said. “Whether I get him or not, I want to make a difference in our short time together.

“I think that happens a lot in today’s world,” Bielema added. “That face to face time is real.”

Bielema noted on his radio show last Thursday what his ideal class would look like.

“We would like to have 12 offensive guys, 12 defensive guys and one special teams guy,” Bielema said.

Bielema also said that his staff was starting to get calls from players from other schools inquiring about transferring.

“I have room for 28, but we can only take 25,” Bielema said. “There are several conferences where you can take 28, but the SEC has limited itself to 25 and that hurts the conference in my opinion.

“But that is a result of schools in the SEC signing 35 and 40 in one class - and Arkansas was one of those - and so the league decided it didn’t to police itself,” Bielema said. “But I think that was an overreaction.”

The Razorbacks are expected to have at least seven early enrollees in January and thus able to go through off-season conditioning and spring practice.

That list includes in Charleston quarterback Ty Storey, Dumas tight end Will Gragg, Fort Smith defensive end Daytrieon Dean, Carrollton, Texas, Hebron offensive lineman Zach Rogers, Jacksonville, Fla., University Christian offensive lineman Josh Allen, Bradenton, Fla., IMG Academy defensive tackle Hjalte Froholdt and Hutchinson, Kan., Community College defensive lineman Jeremiah Ledbetter.

Arkansas could host some official recruits as early as Dec. 5-7 weekend, but is likely to just host them on the Dec. 12-14 weekend before the Dec. 15 to Jan. 14 dead period arrives.

That will leave three January weekends before national signing date arrives on Feb. 4.

“We just want to keep this momentum going,” Bielema said. “We want to finish as strong as we have started.”

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